Here is something I read on Facebook.
⛅️ “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”
Matthew 22:37-39 NKJV
⛅️As famous as these verses are we seldom stop to understand them and the radical implications they have for our friendships.
⛅️When we think of radical friendships, David and Jonathan probably come to mind – “Now Jonathan again caused David to vow, because he loved him; for he loved him as he loved his own soul.”
I Samuel 20:17 NKJV
⛅️But in reality what happened here is simply what is required of you in relationship to your neighbor. Of course you don’t need to make a covenant with any neighbor or friend (although I suggest it if you are the Lord’s anointed king and your friend is the heir to the throne.😂)
⛅️What happened in their friendship is what should happen in every godly friendship and that is making zero room for envy. And how do we do that?
⛅️We do it by honoring the greatest commandment. When you love your God with every bit of yourself, loving your neighbor *as yourself* comes naturally because you are actually entirely focused on the glory of God.
⛅️Whatever good befalls THEM is joy to you. God has blessed YOU with your friend’s success. He has blessed YOU with your friend’s fertility. He has blessed YOU with your friend’s happy home. He has blessed YOU with her greater abilities. Just like He blessed Jonathan with David’s anointing.
⛅️We so often let go of friendships because we don’t feel up to the spiritual challenge of hanging onto God through the blessings He gives others. We can blame them for changing- but it is often our own heart that has changed to be full of envy.
⛅️If you are struggling in a friendship for some mysterious reason, it is a good idea to check if you have made some room for envy in your baggage. Are you nurturing a little bit of side eye? Are you secretly rejoicing over their struggles? Do you want to show her that you are better at something than she is, or more important?
⛅️Do not nurture what Christ has sentenced to death! Give it to Him, and
Posted on February 8, 2020, in Facebook and tagged David and Jonathan, envy, friendship, love God, love your neighbor as yourself, Rachel Jankovic, radical friendship. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Radical friendship.